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L. Neil Smith's
Number 359, March 19, 2006


Socialized Medicine
Socialized Medicine
by Russmo


Greetings and Welcome to the Three-Hundred-Fifth-Nineth issue of TLE.

We have a big issue for you this time. Our Publisher L. Neil Smith has risen from his sickbed via the miracle of modern antibiotics and produced two articles for this issue. Regulars Doug Newman, "Lady Liberty" (not her real name ... probably!), Scott Kauzlarich, Jonathan David Morris, and "Chemical" Ali Massoud round out the articles. A finer bunch of friends you couldn't have, and here they are, populating the pages of our 10-year-old enterprise just for your reading pleasure.

Heck, if you've ever wanted to "be a writer", why not put pen to paper (fingers to keyboard?) and try your hand at joining the "staff" of The Libertarian Enterprise. Remember that wealth, fame, and those groupies we mentioned? (We mentioned the total absence of those things if you don't remember!) Ah well.

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And that long-promised surprise from L. Neil Smith we've mentioned before will come true next issue (most probably!). So y'all come back, ha heer?

Ken Holder

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Tom Paine Maru
by L. Neil Smith
Cover by Scott Bieser
First uncensored edition. Originally published by Del Rey Books, 1984.
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The Probability Broach: The Graphic Novel
by L. Neil Smith
Illustrated by Scott Bieser
Published by BigHead Press, 2004



Letters to the Editor
from James J Odle, Bob Shea, and Ernest Hancock

Which Future Do You Want?
by L. Neil Smith
I am a novelist, by trade. As someone once defined it, I am one the nation's four hundred professional liars. I make up long, complex, internally consistent lies, set them down on paper or disk, and people pay me money for them.

What's Wrong With Education?:
It's the Government, Stupid!

by Doug Newman
The recent brouhaha over Colorado high school teacher Jay Bennish is just one more in a long litany of reasons that the government needs to get out of the education business altogether.

Doing Nothing About Everything
by Lady Liberty
I suspect there's not a person interested in Second Amendment matters out there who doesn't know by now that Angel Shamaya—the founder of KeepandBearArms.com—has been arrested on firearms charges in Michigan. Activists have already stepped forward to offer character references* for his first hearing and to organize the collection of donations to cover his legal fees.

No better time for 'Roe v. Wade for Men'
by Scott Kauzlarich
If a single woman decides to have a baby against the wishes of the father, neither he nor anyone else should be held responsible for supporting the offspring. That this bit of common sense is not the law of the land rankles me.

It's Time To Forget September 11th
by Jonathan David Morris
It's time to forget September 11th. That's right. You heard me. It's time to push it out of our minds. You can hoot and holler all you want about this concept. You can say I'm anti-American. You can even accuse me of spitting on the memories of all those who died. But you would miss the point of what I'm about to say here, because this has nothing to do with the heroes or victims, and nothing to do with politics.

Thoughts on Political Reform and Human Nature
by Ali Massoud
Windy City columnist Charlie Madigan of the Chicago Tribune quotes a Pew opinion survey in his column this week that says that around half the American electorate think that most members of congress take bribes. However the stunning postscript to this bit of popular cynicism is that around half thinks that it's OK too! If Mr. or Ms. Congressperson is supportive of their pet issues and brings home some federal pork chops now and again, then just screw integrity and all that other stuff!

The Enablers
by L. Neil Smith
Press Online, about Republican governors gathered for their annual whimperfest. What they were whimpering about this year, apparently—aside from Hurricane Katrina demonstrating that the federal welfare sow has very nearly gone dry—is that certain "missteps" taken by the George Bush Administration over the past several years are going to make it a lot harder for Republican candidates to get elected in this year's midterms.

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